On November 20, 2013 the blog, The View from Squirrel Ridge, posted this message: The theater in Strasburg, Virginia is for sale. It was most recently used as a live music venue, but has served as a movie theater in the past
The Strasburg Theater was posted on the Sager Real Estate website with this description.
MLS# SH8504307 – 155 King St, Strasburg, VA 22657
Opportunity knocks! Classic movie theater turned Theatre for Plays/Concerts. Features: ticket office, display windows, grand entrance with a large lobby/waiting area, 2 sweeping staircases lead up to a bar and dance floor/dining area balcony, huge main level wrap around bar, room for tables, and open to 400 + seats and the stage. 2nd lvl apts/offices w/ sep entrance plus sep. main level office.
- Built in 1930
- 10,000 gross square feet
- 10,000 net square feet
- 3 stories
List price: $350,000
Listing ID: SH8504307
List date: 2014-11-16
Listing status: Active
Listing type: Excl. Right
528 days on market
$44 per square foot
Short sale: No
This was the website of the Strasburg Theater when it was alive and well.
Recently I saw that its domain was available so I bought it with the intention of recreating a snapshot of the site that would retain the spirit of the original website. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with the Strasburg Theater.
This Yelp review from 2008 pretty much sums up the pros and the cons of this old, classic theater.
Last evening I journeyed out into the Northern Shenandoah Valley to see two of my favorite Celtic Rock bands perform - Scythian, a local Washington, DC based band, and legendary Celtic Rockers - Seven Nations. They were playing at the Strasburg Theater in Strasburg Theater.
The Theater is a very old building - not only does it have the traditional theater style seating, but in the back is a bar and lounge area - and then an upstairs balcony area.
I got a table in the bar area and ordered dinner - Fish and Chips (really Fish and fries). The menu selection came with a salad - which turned out to be an iceberg lettuce-based salad - which I usually find to be bland and unexciting. However, this salad was quite tasty as iceberg salads go: crisp, cold lettuce, onions, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes - with a bit of a blue cheese dressing that had a nice balance between creaminess and containing nice thick chunks of blue cheese.
The fried fish was ample - I got four substantial sized pieces - the breading coating was perfect and they were cooked just right - hot, crispy, and not greasy. The one downer for the meal were the fries, slightly undercooked/soggy.
I went for the Bass Ale throughout the evening while watching the concert.
-Cool old building, lots of character and ambiance
-Good fish and salad
-Excellent service by my cute waitress Niki
-Smoking is allowed in the bar area - there did not appear to be a no-smoking area in the bar - I did not appreciate the cigarette smoke.
-French fries were not up to par
The price to get in to watch two awesome bands was $20 if you bought tix ahead of time - $25 at the door. The concert was not well attended - I would say there was about 80 folks on hand - the Theater could seat several hundred folks easily. First time I've ever seen a Seven Nations concert almost deserted.
Afterwards I hung out with Dan from Scythian and the guys from Seven Nations in the bar and drank for a bit. Dan and Kirk from Seven Nations told me that they thought the ticket price was to high. I think that - combined with the fact that Strasburg is a bit out in the sticks - and with the economy being the way it is - folks may not have wanted to spend the money for gas, tickets, food and drink for the evening.
Overall, the music was excellent. Scythian and Seven Nations were headed for their next concert stop: The Radford Highlanders Festival at Radford University in the mountains of Virginia.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE CONTAINS SELECTIVE ARCHIVED CONTENT FROM THE ORIGINAL SITE.
Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent
Now let's take a nostalgic stroll back to 2008 and the home page announcing upcoming events and showing images of past events.
151 West King Steet
Strasburg, VA 22657
Come to the newly restored and renovated Strasburg Theater – a place for the community to gather and enjoy the local arts and events. There’s always something to do at the Strasburg Theater! From exhibitions, live theatre, Thursday-night karaoke, Wednesday-night local music jams, kid-friendly events, and more! We feature both national and local entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings..
No party is to big or to small!
And what a great place for a party! We have been the site for memorable weddings, anniversary parties, and engagement parties. It's fun to have this very public venue all to yourself!
Our world-class theater is available for rental during the daytime and on certain evenings and is perfect for large business meetings, presentations, lectures, private parties, weddings, corporate events, concerts and much more. In addition Strasburg Theater is the perfect venue for film festivals, studio screenings, conventions, private dinners, and film, television and commercial location shoots.
Prices vary according to requirements.
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